St. Louis Public Radio News
3:58 pm
Wed July 1, 2009

Quinn vetoes budget plan

Springfield, IL – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed the
bare-bones budget lawmakers sent him.

Quinn's veto Wednesday leaves the state without a spending plan
on the first day of the new fiscal year.

The Democratic governor made good on a promise to nix any
"partial" budget the General Assembly approved. He says taxpayers
deserve an "honest budget, a full budget, a balanced budget, and
also a decent budget."

Quinn wants an income tax increase to help fill a budget deficit
of as much as $11.6 billion. But lawmakers have blocked that.

Anticipating the veto, the House speaker and Senate president on
Wednesday said they'll call a special legislative session July 14.
They plan to consider overriding the governor's veto.